Where to Eat in Koenji Where to Eat in Koenji

Where to Eat in Koenji


2018.05.21

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Where to Eat in Koenji

While most visitors to Koenji travel to the western corner of Tokyo for the vintage shops and nightlife, there is an equally vibrant food scene made all the more inviting by the restaurant owners who, more often than not, reflect the friendly and relaxed ambience of the neighbourhood.

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    El Pato

    El Pato

    El Pato

    Sat along one of the most heavily shop packed streets of Koenji directly north of the station, El Pato oozes delicious barbecue smells to match its good vibes. Divided in half by a low wooden bar, the restaurant seats guests at one side and the kitchen at the other allowing owner Kioshi san to cook up magical meat dishes while chatting away to his customers in Japanese and English.

    Head here on a sunny day and you can make the most of the rare opportunity in Tokyo to eat outside while enjoying the irresistible tastes of pulled pork, BLTs, and flavoursome salads, all washed down with a craft beer or a glass of homemade honey umeshu or awamori.

    El Pato

    El Pato

    ELPato
    rating

    4.5

    12 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Koenjikita 2-22-10
    phone
    0367957888
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    Hayashimaru

    Hayashimaru

    Hayashimaru

    In spite of its modest positioning tucked down an alleyway in the north of Koenji, Hayashimaru is known Tokyo wide as producing one of the capital’s best bowls of wontonmen (pronounced wantanmen in Japanese). Originally a Chinese dish, wontonmen is a variation of ramen that includes deliciously satisfying pork dumplings that sit in the soup. The main chef at the Hayashimaru helm received some of the country’s best wonton training at the prestigious Tantanmei instituion which you can test for yourself at the counter for a fair price of 900 yen.

    menya hayashimaru
    rating

    4.0

    13 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kouenjikita 2-22-11
    phone
    0333306877
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    Baan esan

    Baan esan

    Baan esan

    A consistent favourite among Koenji regulars, Baan esan is arguably one of Tokyo’s best Thai restaurants and just a two minute walk from the station. Found on the left hand side at the very top of Koenji’s shopping arcade Pal Street, this is the spot to fill up on a delicious, authentic, and affordable Thai curry or pad thai. Jet lag got you into funny eating patterns? Pop in any time before 5:30 pm and you’ll catch the generous lunch deal offering meals between 550 and 750 yen followed by just a small rise in prices for dinner which runs until 10 pm.

    バーン・イサーン
    place
    東京都杉並区高円寺南4-25-8 第2高円寺KSビル1階
    phone
    0333151005
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    Bochi Bochi

    Bochi Bochi

    Bochi Bochi

    A hit among the Koenji youth, okonomiyaki restaurant Bochi Bochi is an easy dinner spot for sharing cheap, wholesome Japanese pancake with a date or among friends. Hidden up on the first floor overlooking Koenji Station North Exit, Bochi Bochi is simple food with quaint retro vibes from its wooden interior to the Showa style music that leaks from the speakers. Pick up a standard okonomiyaki pancake beefed up with seafood and meat or a half price monja yaki okonomiyaki’s slightly less attractive but equally fun brother from Tokyo.

    ぼちぼち 高円寺北口店
    rating

    4.0

    8 Reviews
    place
    東京都杉並区高円寺北3-22-16 松屋高円寺ビル2F
    phone
    0333361337
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    Rainbow Cafe & Grill

    Rainbow Cafe & Grill

    Rainbow Cafe & Grill

    A cosy spot just off Pal Street, Rainbow Cafe & Grill offers varied healthy set lunch plates as well as a great choice of shareables and dishes a la carte. The restaurant comes into full swing at night when the string lights dotted around the comfy seating give it a warm glow making it a relaxing dinner hideout. Fridays promise half price drinks for ladies when you order a dish which continues until the doors close at 4 am.

    Rainbow Cafe&Grill Koenji
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Koenjiminami 3-47-8
    phone
    0353056789
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